04/01/2013 08:23 am ET

GPS Guide: Carson Tate's De-Stressing Morning Ritual

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Carson Tate is no rookie when it comes to handling stress. In her GPS Guide below, Tate explains her centering practice that's simple to squeeze into your own morning routine. Check out her other inspirations and give it a try! Then let us know how you de-stress in the comments below.

To center myself I do a quick five-minute meditation. I empty my mind by taking three deep, cleansing breaths and let all of the stress and anxiety of the day flow out of my feet into Mother Earth. I then imagine a golden sun over my head and feel the golden light energy pouring into the top of my head and down through my body. I end my meditation with three more deep, cleansing breaths.

Running outside is very centering and restorative for me. I love to reconnect to nature and I imagine the stress of the day leaving through my feet with each step. I always come back from a run invigorated and refreshed.

Carson Tate, MS O.D. is Founder and Principal of Working Simply and her mission is partnering with clients to bring productivity with passion back to the workplace. She focuses on tailoring proven methods of improving employee productivity, engagement and overall time investment to her clients unique needs. Carson also serves as a consultant, coach and trainer to executives at Fortune 500 companies including Wells Fargo and Coca-Cola Consolidated Bottling Company. As creator of the Working Smarter, Not Harder™ productivity program, she delivers customized solutions that achieve meaningful business results for her clients. Learn more at www.workingsimply.com.

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